UFC pummels stores May 19

THQ submits full roster of 80 fighters, reveals GameStop-exclusive downloadable characters.

It's been more than two years since THQ first revealed it had the license to make Ultimate Fighting Championship games. Befitting the mixed martial arts' Octagon-contained competition, the publisher has been appropriately "cagey" with details since. However, this week THQ finally confirmed some key specifics, announcing the release date, cover athletes, and complete roster for the long-awaited UFC 2009: Undisputed.

Coming soon: Caged Heat 4.

The first UFC game in more than five years will arrive on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on May 19. Although much of the game's promotion to date has focused on fighters such as Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Chuck Liddell, Undisputed will arrive on American store shelves featuring Forrest Griffin, former light heavyweight champion and winner of the first season of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter. Meanwhile, Canadian UFC fans will be able to pick up the game fronted by Quebec native and current welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's exclusive UFC interview. The full list of 80 fighters--with an additional two downloadable combatants available for those who preorder from specialty retailer GameStop--follows below.

HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Brock Lesnar
Frank Mir
Brandon Vera (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
Gabriel Gonzaga
Cain Velasquez
Cheick Kongo
Eddie Sanchez
Heath Herring
Andrei Arlovski
Mirko Crocop
Fabricio Werdum
Tim Sylvia
Mark Coleman
Antoni Hardonk
Justin McCully

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION
Chuck Liddell
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Forrest Griffin
Tito Ortiz
Keith Jardine
Wanderlei Silva
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Lyoto Machida
Rashad Evans
Stephan Bonnar
James Irvin
Wilson Gouveia (can switch to Middleweight)
Houston Alexander
Kazuhiro Nakamura
Thiago Silva
Tim Boetsch
Ryan Bader (downloadable content -- GameStop exclusive)

MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION
Anderson Silva (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
Rich Franklin (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
Dan Henderson (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
Michael Bisping (can switch to Light Heavyweight)
Kendall Grove
Chris Leben
Jason MacDonald
Nate Marquardt
Drew McFedries
Ricardo Almeida
Evan Tanner
Yushin Okami
Demian Maia
Martin Kampmann (can switch to Welterweight)
Amir Sadollah (can switch to Welterweight)
Thales Leites

WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION
Georges St-Pierre
Matt Hughes
Matt Serra (can switch to Lightweight)
Jon Fitch
Karo Parisyan
Josh Koscheck
Diego Sanchez
Mike Swick (can switch to Middleweight)
Marcus Davis
Thiago Alves
Chris Lytle
Ben Saunders
Josh Burkman
Kyle Bradley
Matt Arroyo
Anthony Johnson

LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION
BJ Penn (can switch to Welterweight)
Sean Sherk (can switch to Welterweight)
Kenny Florian
Roger Huerta
Joe Stevenson
Mac Danzig
Nathan Diaz
Spencer Fisher
Tyson Griffin
Gray Maynard
Thiago Tavares
Joe Lauzon
Rich Clementi
Mark Bocek
Hermes Franca
Frank Edgar
Efrain Escudero (downloadable content -- GameStop exclusive)

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Discussion

54 comments
andresss4
andresss4

Good Roster all the guys are there except Randy but that's ok

gmbjr
gmbjr

I have never played a demo as much as I have this one. Playing on the different difficulties really show the depth that this game has. I think after every match I have a smile on my face and this is just with the same two guys over and over again. Really looking forward to this game.

getrdun118
getrdun118

played the demo tonight and wow this game is going to be awesome.

waydesaffield
waydesaffield

My friend at Gamestop slid me the demo a week ago and all I can say is.Keeps you on edge.Awesome.

knuckleman07
knuckleman07

This game look SWEET!! Can't wait for it to come out.

bkamagnum
bkamagnum

should be the best fighting game of this console generation i played the demo it's crazy!!!

devil-neva-cry
devil-neva-cry

re bigdog when theres still a chance that randy is unlockable (ufc owns his rights not EA) and you cant blaim them for no carwin i mean he shot out of no where.

BigDog333187
BigDog333187

I think they actually did a great job wih the roster. Their are some people I'm gonna have to create when I get the game (Couture, guida, cote, carwin), but besides that can't complain. I think the ability for certain fighters to switch weight classes is awesome. The create a fighter better not disappoint. I think I'm gonna be spending a lot of time making fighters (fedor, sakuraba, aoki, belfort, babalu, overeem, little nogueira)

BigDog333187
BigDog333187

@ndifran1 Duh. Couture still fights. He fought lesnar in november and has a fight coming up against nogueira

ndifran1
ndifran1

i realize that everyone likes couture but he retired. its ufc 2009 and since couture doesn't fight any more he is not in it. correct me if i'm wrong but all those guys fight now, and this isn't the first ufc game for anyone who said it is was.

jamesallenyz431
jamesallenyz431

coleman should be able to drop to 205 in the game, his last fight was at 205 they shouldnt of added that feature, i doubt sherk is ever gonna go back to 170

controlz101
controlz101

i can't believe Clay "the carpenter' guida didn't make the cut either. they probally couldn't make that caveman hair look right? ha ha

controlz101
controlz101

hey, how many of you counted to make sure there was 80 fighters and 2 downloadable fighters? HA HA

niteowl74
niteowl74

I'm really surprised EA never picked up on this license especially as big as the MMA has gotten over the years. They make games for ever other sport so why not this? Maybe they'll do an offshoot of the Fight Night series with MMA

notavel
notavel

"gusnitro", you've got a point in there, but it's still better (less stiff) than those WWE games, at least... :-)

notavel
notavel

4 Heat_Guy_D: Yes, on 22th. Can't wait!! :-D

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

With special guest character... Kane!!! lol!

Heat_Guy_D
Heat_Guy_D

Is this also being released in Europe this May?

AndyTDavenport
AndyTDavenport

some videos look great some look a tad shaky but it's the UFC's first game you can't expect it to be perfect. I think this game looks like a perfect launching point to improve after this game and make really good games in the future... im pumped for this game!!

gusnitro
gusnitro

Not to say that this game is gonna suck but... the fight system looks kind of stiff to me. Anybody agree?

Alter_Hero
Alter_Hero

Needs to have a Junie Browning download

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

Basskill: Are you insane? 80+ guys are there. How many more fighters could they have had? Besides Couture and possibly one or two others, the roster is perfect and includes almost everyone you can think of.

basskill2000
basskill2000

I will hold out on this one until a price drop, not a great list of fighters in my opinion.

stupid_toaster
stupid_toaster

Please stop with the Fedor comments, please. Still, good roster going on, quite a lot of people. Thought they may have included some classics that were even in the other games such as the Shamrocks, or Uno etc, Still, looks good :P

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

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CrazyRabbi
CrazyRabbi

Motorola must love the real exciting sports like bowling, golf and NASCAR lol

THA-TODD-BEAST
THA-TODD-BEAST

Motorola: Watching two people fight one another is boring? I'm pretty sure you're alone there, buddy.

method115
method115

Either Randy is doing the movie thing so he didn't sign. Or there holding him back for future DLC and I'm sure he'll be the main draw for people to get the DLC while the rest of the fighters our low level. The movie idea sounds more likely but with this gen of consoles the other is also in the realm of possibility.

fredwv
fredwv

So Rich Clementi gets in over Clay Guida? He's not even with the UFC anymore

jdsteffen
jdsteffen

where's Clay Guida,? I know he's not the most famous UFC fighter, but definitely deserves a spot over some of the people he's recently beaten. Hopefully through DLC him, along with a few more fighters will be available

Arlovski
Arlovski

Randy probably didn't want to sign the contract for his exclusive likeness since he broke out into the movie business. And Fedor is not, nor ever will be, owned by Zuffa so don't even consider him a possibility as an unlockable.

FightnEmu
FightnEmu

Where the hell is Randy Couture and the best fighter alive Fedor Emelianenko????

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

I don't know about Kimbo but Randy Couture really needs to be in this game.

Snowman621
Snowman621

i watch UFC all the time so i am gona get the game for sure

evilross
evilross

Gonna be epic online. Been waiting for this game a long time.

rando22
rando22

what!? no Kimbo Slice?! lol i think they should do like a Legends DLC Pack featuring the retired greats, like Shamrock, Coture, and others

Maggot870634251
Maggot870634251

couture didnt retire he is fighting minotauro at ufc 101

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Sweet list of fighters in the game. Now i have reason to go and reserve it. Also i gotta say i do agree with a few of the other ppl and wonder why Randy "The Natural" Couture ain't included in the game. even though he's retired after his last ppv fight with brock lesner,Coture should still be in the game. I hope they include him as a downloadable character after the game's release More importantly where the HELL is ken shamrock? he's one of the original fighters that helped get UFC off the ground. he should be in the game as well. Looking forward to the game but they're missing a few ufc originals that most everyone already mentioned.

Bwags
Bwags

Where's my man Dave Kaplan and his un-knockout-able chin!

Ozzer_Ozby
Ozzer_Ozby

Am I the only one that hates pre-order exclusives?

moafnsteel
moafnsteel

Why does people always have to complain about who isn't on a game. The developers can't put every single person in the game it would never get finished. I am sad Randy Couture isn't on there but there is this sweet thing called downloadable content :)

willpak
willpak

Very interested in this game. I don't follow UFC, but I watch it on Spike whenever I can. Cant wait!

zacm
zacm

I wonder why Randy Couture is not on the list? I'm rather surprised Tito Ortiz made the list since Dana White can't stand him.

playa42018
playa42018

1) Fedor is not in the UFC 2) He would be too overpowered.

Ghutch55
Ghutch55

solid roster thats sweet that they moved it up from june as well

Balidanny
Balidanny

This looks very promising, I hope i gets over an 8.0

jamescrenshaw
jamescrenshaw

This is an interesting roster...not what I expected. Some pleasant suprises and some slight disappointments... I happily suprised to see the following: Arlovski, Sylvia, Mirko, Tito Ortiz, Evan Tanner Suprised Carwin and Randy arent in the game. Randy not being in such an epic fail... Guys for those who dont know Fedor has never been in the UFC..so it wouldnt be right if he was in the game.... Thank god for create a fighter -Fedor, Randy and Vitor Belfort will be the first fighters I will create.